judaism

Overcoming Oppressive Guilt

The last couple of decades have not always been easy. I’ve got more than my fair share of trauma to speak of. And just when I thought I was starting to get a handle on things, physical pain started to become an all-consuming reality in my life. But one of the biggest plagues that has […]

Netanya, Truly a Gift from Above

My oldest daughter, Netanya, just celebrated her twelfth birthday, an enormous milestone in Jewish tradition. Sadly, I didn’t have an opportunity to speak at the birthday festivities, so I thought I’d tell the world what I think of her right here. Unbreakable Bond My Netanya and I have had an unbreakable bond since she was […]

From Nothing to Confusion: My Religious Odyssey

It’s that time again. I worked really hard. I edited like a beast. Did everything I needed to do to make this happen, and now my latest book (#3) is ready for the masses. If you haven’t checked out Teach Like a Ninja and You’re Doing Everything Wrong, please have a look. From Nothing to […]

Healthy Religiosity, Israel vs. the World

I’ve noticed a bit of a trend lately. Folk who come to live in Israel, and slowly but surely their religiosity starts to dip. The Religiosity Counterintuitive On the surface, this is quite counterintuitive. There are so many reasons why one would think this could never happen. First and foremost, we’re in the Holy Land. […]

The Folly of Religious Coercion

There was a raging debate in Jerusalem a few months ago. One of the hottest new hangout spots is First Station. Not only is it loaded with restaurants and shops, but there are tons of activities all the time, and it’s generally got a great feel to it. However, in a town loaded with wall-to-wall […]

Toward a Religious Truth

My third book will be published in just a matter of weeks. This one’s called From Nothing to Confusion: My Religious Odyssey. It’s never been a better time to talk a bit about some serious religious topics. The first one I’d like to address is missionaries. A Mormon Truth First, a couple of stories. Way […]

In a Stranger’s Grave

Last year, Jerusalem’s community theater group Theater and Theology put on a remarkable play. The show tackled the issue of how a religion deals with an ever changing world. Off the Derech Dolorosa was not only a pleasure to watch… I’d definitely give it two thumbs as a fantastic play to propose after. And this […]

The Shameful Marriage Industry

The smoke has cleared. And I am now blissfully married to my one true love. Everything was beautiful and we are working hard every day to have the dream life we’ve both always wanted. But I can’t walk away from the experience without expressing some deep and painful concerns. The marriage industry is out of […]

To Be a Baal Teshuva Again

In the Jewish world, I’m what’s called a Baal Teshuva. This literally translates to “Master of Repentance”, and refers to someone who was not brought up in a religious setting, but chose as an adult to take upon himself a religious lifestyle. Becoming a Baal Teshuva My process of becoming a Baal Teshuva was long […]

Apologies to the World

Teshuva This is always an interesting time of year for me. The Jewish high holidays are right around the corner. People are speaking all the time about being the best versions of themselves. And there’s never ending talk about teshuva, which loosely translates to repentance. I find the word “repentance” very off-putting. Not only is […]

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